Choosing a healthcare provider for your child is a very important process! It’s crucial that you have the right information about the training the provider has received, the type of services they provide, and whether or not they have a friendly, calming bedside manner. Just one particularly negative visit may scare kids away from a doctor forever, leaving them vulnerable to disease. When it comes to dentistry in particular, choosing a friendly, and experienced pediatric dentist may be the difference between your child having a positive appointment vs. a negative appointment.
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing A Pediatric Dentist
While choosing a dentist for your child, be sure to ask yourself some of the following questions:
What kinds of dental services will this dentist provide?
Make sure that what you are looking for is provided by the pediatric dentist! Some pediatric dentists only provide the basics including cleaning, fillings, and fluoride treatments. Others may offer more services including root canals, crowns, sedation, etc.
Does this dentist stay up-to-date with continuing education (CE) courses?
Continuing education is another very crucial part of choosing a provider! It’s highly important as a healthcare provider to stay on top of the latest in technology and techniques as the medical field is constantly advancing and changing.
Will they accept my insurance? What services will my insurance cover?
As the responsible party for the patient, it’s important to make sure that the provider you’re looking to schedule with accepts your insurance. This is important so as to avoid unwanted financial surprises.
What do the online reviews say about this particular pediatric dentist?
Reviews are a great resource to turn to when it comes to seeing what others are saying about their experiences. Lots of positive reviews are a great sign and can help give insight on how the provider treats their patients.
Are there any distractions that could be utilized while the dentist is working? (i.e., a tv to watch, music, stress balls)
Kids that are fidgety may become hazards to themselves, so it’s always great to have distractions readily available to keep them occupied during treatment.
Does the dentist boast about providing an educational experience (teach and show kids how to properly brush and floss, etc.)?
Education is very important when beginning, solidifying and maintaining proper oral hygiene habits to prevent future cavities and other dental concerns. Any dentist that talks about providing an educational experience is a good sign!
No matter which pediatric dentist you choose for your child’s dental care, know that you are making the right choice in choosing to have their dental health prioritized! Dr. Sybil Padavathil is our pediatric dentist at Advanced Children’s Dentistry in Garden City, NY where she provides a full range of dental services in a fun and educational environment. The proof is in the pudding—schedule your child’s pediatric dental appointment at 516-758-KIDS.